When Preparing for a Cruise, there are several elements that go into successfully planning a vacation, and it can seem like there are countless considerations along the way. You must decide on the perfect destination, time and length of the trip, as well as each individual activity on you vacation.
Additionally, you you must plan for transportation to get there and secure the necessary accommodations upon arrival. On the other hand, you could choose a cruise and knock and all of these aspects in one go.
If you do choose to go the cruise route, the majority of your preparation may come down to packing. Especially for technophiles who are not particularly used to leaving the comfort of civilization and high-speed internet connections, this can be a challenging prospect.
Not to worry; this guide has collected all of the major gadgetry that any tech fan should not be without on a cruise.
Preparing for a Cruise – Technophile’s Checklist
The basic necessities should go without saying. You will need to pack the bathing suit, flip-flops, sunglasses and any items that would be brought on any beach vacation.
The following checklist consists of the gadgets, devices and accessories that would make any tech geek feel at home while on the ship.
Waterproof Smartphone Case
For the majority of modern individuals, our lives are in our smartphones. Not only are they necessary for most of the basic elements of everyday life and work, they hold personal and vital data, some of which cannot easily be replaced. Especially if you are on a cruise, the phone itself cannot be replaced; there are not that many Best Buys located in the middle of the ocean, but there is a lot of non-gadget friendly water there.
Unless you plan to pack a bowl of rice and a lot of patience, you would be safer with a waterproof smartphone case. Many modern devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the iPhone X have some level of water resistance, but it is better not to take your chances. Aside from the basic protection they provide, a waterproof case would allow you to take photos underwater without spending more on a waterproof camera.
Depending on your needs and what you plan to do, you may need to pack several wireless accessories. Wireless earbuds and/or small speakers can be a necessity for lounging around on the ship. Additionally, a wireless keyboard would be necessary if you hope to write anything but do not want to bring your computer. A Bluetooth headset may be helpful if you plan on being on the phone a lot. The one thing to remember with all of these: buy water resistant if possible.
We can get so caught up in purchasing and packing all of the cool, new gadgets that may come in handy that we forget about some basic, simple necessities. If you are planning to bring multiple items which need to be plugged in– which you probably are– a power strip can be absolutely critical for a successful cruise.
Even though the cabins rarely provide enough outlets, some cruise lines do not allow power strips; in this case, a small two- or three- outlet strip with USB outlets should do the trick.
Going back to the idea of protection, at least one or two waterproof pouches will be definite necessities aboard a cruise ship.
In addition to protection for any digital gear you may bring along, these can also be useful for your cash, passport, wallet and other important items. Some come with lanyards, giving them the additional benefit of being easy carrying cases.
Although they can be annoying in the real world, a selfie stick can be an invaluable tool on a cruise. You certainly want to take plenty of photos of yourself with your significant other and/or children enjoying the fun and the sun, so bring one of these to avoid repeatedly asking strangers for help.